Felixstowe: Former deckchair attendant found dead

ONE of Felixstowe’s best-known characters has been found dead at his home.

Bruce Harrison, 60, a former deckchair attendant and seafront amusements worker at the resort, was a well-known figure in the seaside town – having been involved in local campaigns and charity work.

Neighbours alerted police after Mr Harrison had not been seen around the seafront area for a few days and were concerned for his wellbeing, especially as he had not been well recently.

Officers broke into his flat in Langer Road on Wednesday morning and found his body.

A post mortem has taken place and if the death was not natural causes an inquest will be held.

A police spokeswoman said the death was not suspicious.

Former town councillor Pat Loveday said: “I am really going to miss him. Bruce was part of our family – like one of our own children. It’s going to leave a big gap.

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“He loved Felixstowe and cared a lot for the town. He was a very caring person and he wouldn’t harm anyone.”

Mr Harrison moved to Felixstowe in the early 1980s and lived with his parents in Arwela Road.

He had grown up on Merseyside where his father George Harrison worked first as a reporter on the Liverpool Post and later as a press officer for The Beatles.

Bruce had several mementoes from the Fab Four who would bring back gifts for him from their tours.

He lived at several addresses in Felixstowe, including The Walk, Walton, and Wadgate Road, but the seafront was his beat, where his distinctive voice and laugh could be heard, and and he knew many people in the area.

He ran the deckchairs on the beach for several years and helped out on other seafront attractions.

In the early 1980s he secured a place in the Guinness Book of Records for selling the most raffle tickets for charity in the fastest time.

Recently his community work has included helping to keep the old premises of the North Sea Hotel cleared to stop it being an eyesore.

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